This afternoon, the Pittsburgh Steelers reduced their roster down to the current mandatory 80 players. The most notable name on this list was second-year safety Antoine Brooks Jr.
Coming into this year's training camp, Brooks Jr. was projected to be the team's starting slot cornerback. Since his injury on July 25th, Brooks Jr. had minimal participation in the remaining training camp practices, and did not feature in any of the three preseason games.
In their last preseason game against the Detroit Lions, cornerback James Pierre was inserted as the fifth defensive back in subpackages, with cornerback Cameron Sutton playing the slot. Journeyman defensive back Arthur Maulet also proved to be valuable in this role, which may have also factored in his dismissal.
While on waived/injured designation, Brooks Jr. is unable to re-join the team, based on the designated period of time that was set in the settlement. It is likely he will be kept in this status until the final cuts, when he will likely be placed on the team's injured reserve while retaining his rights. The other players released were linebacker Calvin Bundage, wide receiver Tyler Simmons, offensive lineman Aviante Collins, and running back Pete Guerriero.